JBS Q1 2024 Financial Results with US$18 Billion in Revenue with US$1.3 Billion EBITDA and US$332 Million Net Profit

CEO Gilberto Tomazoni emphasized operational excellence and market diversification as key drivers.
JBS Q1 2024 Results with US$18 Billion in Revenue with US$1.3 Billion EBITDA and US$332 Million Net Profit

JBS, the global meat processing giant, has reported impressive financial results for the first quarter of 2024, demonstrating significant progress across multiple business segments and geographies. The company’s Q1 results reflect a strategic focus on operational excellence and market diversification, which has led to substantial gains in profitability and efficiency.

Message from the CEO: Path to Recovery and Growth

Gilberto Tomazoni, Global CEO of JBS, conveyed his optimism about the company’s performance in his quarterly message. “JBS’ solid first-quarter results reinforce that we are on the path to recovery as indicated in previous periods,” Tomazoni stated. The company’s consolidated EBITDA margin increased by nearly 2 percentage points from Q4 2023 and almost 5 points compared to Q1 2023, reaching 7.2% for the quarter. This improvement is a testament to the strategic initiatives and operational adjustments made throughout 2023.

Key Drivers of Performance: Segment Highlights

  1. Seara’s Standout Performance: One of the notable highlights of the quarter is the remarkable performance of Seara, JBS’s branded processed foods division. The division saw its business margin soar from 6.4% in Q4 2023 to 11.6% in Q1 2024. This rise is attributed to the closure of operational gaps, normalization of grain costs, and increased domestic market volume. Seara’s focus on operational excellence and understanding consumer preferences has set a strong foundation for continued growth.
  2. Pilgrim’s Pride and US Pork: Pilgrim’s Pride, JBS’s poultry subsidiary, and the US Pork division also exhibited significant margin improvements. Pilgrim’s margins rose from 6.5% in Q1 2023 to 11.5% in Q1 2024. Similarly, US Pork’s margins increased dramatically from 2.5% to 16.4% over the same period. These gains were driven by lower grain prices and a rebalancing of supply and demand, highlighting the benefits of JBS’s diversified protein strategy.
  3. Geographical and Protein Diversification: JBS’s diverse geographical presence and multi-protein platform were pivotal in achieving strong results despite a traditionally weaker quarter for the global protein industry. The beef businesses in Brazil and Australia capitalized on favorable cattle cycle conditions, while US Beef faced challenges due to regional cattle cycle and seasonal factors.

Financial Metrics and Strategic Investments

For the first quarter of 2024, JBS reported a net profit of US$332.3 million, with net revenue reaching US$18 billion and an adjusted EBITDA of US$1.3 billion. The company’s leverage ratio improved from 4.42 in Q4 2023 to 3.66 in Q1 2024, underscoring its commitment to deleveraging and financial health.

Investments and Future Prospects

JBS continues to invest strategically to bolster its global presence and operational capacity. In Brazil, the company is set to open a new in natura pork plant and a prepared foods plant at the Dourados industrial complex in Mato Grosso do Sul. Additionally, JBS will double the capacity of its Campo Grande beef facility, one of the recently approved China export facilities.

Internationally, JBS is finalizing its third halal value-added products facility in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and will soon commence operations at the Bio Tech Foods cultivated protein plant in San Sebastián, Spain. These investments reflect JBS’s commitment to expanding its global multiprotein platform and enhancing its portfolio of strong brands and value-added products.

Operational Excellence and Strategic Focus

JBS’s strategic focus remains on what it can control: operational efficiency, cost management, productivity enhancements, and portfolio optimization. This unwavering focus allows the company to stay competitive across various markets and economic conditions. JBS’s robust platform, combined with strong financial performance and a commitment to innovation, positions the company for sustained growth and value creation for its stakeholders and communities.

Conclusion

The first quarter of 2024 marks a significant period of recovery and growth for JBS. With a clear strategic direction, focused investments, and operational excellence, the company is well-positioned to navigate the complexities of the global protein industry. The results underscore JBS’s ability to adapt and thrive, reflecting a promising outlook for the remainder of the year and beyond.

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